Whether you’re a locavore, ultimate foodie, or just hankering for some good ‘ol home cookin’, there’s something on Manitoulin Island for everyone.
What I love about living on Manitoulin Island is that I know where my food comes from. We grow our own fruits and vegetables on our farm, our beef comes from our farm, our chicken and eggs are from local farmers, my Dad catches fish from the nearby freshwater lakes, and other wild meat are caught locally (venison, goose, etc). I love all the Farmers’ Markets and events like Taste of Manitoulin. I am a huge advocate for supporting local businesses, services and events.
From the perspective of someone who loves all things food-related (growing food, cooking, entertaining and dining out too), the Island is an interesting place. It is home to all things local — organic produce, locally sourced ingredients, and homemade meals. The Garden’s Gate Restaurant has always been a favourite of mine because they use locally sourced ingredients and are known for their healthy and flavourful dishes.
The Island is also home to a lot of eateries that offer “comfort food”. When you live in the rural North, you’ll see a lot of comfort food. Baked goods are commonplace here.
When asked for suggestions for places to eat on Manitoulin Island, these are some of the places fellow Islanders and I thought were noteworthy: